The value of travel | Rick Steves | TEDxRainier

  • Опубликовано: 27 дек 2011
  • After spending 4 months a year for the last 30 years living out of a suitcase, Rick Steves reflects on the value of thoughtful travel. Sharing lessons learned from Iran to El Salvador and from India to Denmark, Steves tells why spending all that time and money away from home has broadened his perspective, enriched his life, and made it clear to him, as he says in his talk, "Fear is for people who don't get out very much."

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Комментарии • 405

  • Razumovskaya
    Razumovskaya День назад

    This wonderful talk has crystallized for me why I travel, why I have permanently itch feet, why I want to travel till I drop, why my bucket list of places to visit never seems to grow shorter, why a visit to another town only a hundred miles away is exciting if I've never been there before. Every trip teaches us something new whether we want to learn or not.It's one of the greatest joys of life.

  • Julie Du Plessis
    Julie Du Plessis 4 дня назад

    I am blown away!

  • Lepewhi
    Lepewhi 5 дней назад

    Because of Rick Steves and watching his show for years gave me the love of travel. Because of that, I moved to Europe, and even here, I travel between countries. I love it!!

  • Huaira
    Huaira 18 дней назад

    Whoa! He just blew my mind!!! 💗

  • D.M. Martin
    D.M. Martin Месяц назад

    Amazing speech!

  • samim qasimi
    samim qasimi Месяц назад

    Love you Steve, wish I will be able also to travel a lot

  • Riza Lukman
    Riza Lukman Месяц назад

    The most realistic explanation about the benefit of travelling without any bias whatsoever.

  • Dan Lemmer
    Dan Lemmer Месяц назад

    Damn that Rick Steves. He clearly isn't going to get big endorsement money from the all inclusive resort chains. or defense contractors.

  • morgan's songs
    morgan's songs 2 месяца назад

    This is so true. I worked on an Apache Reservation once during a campaign for an election of the next chief. I couldn't believe that this world existed in the USA and with all the civics classes I'd taken in high school, they never once mentioned that there was an entire sovereign nation right in the middle of us.

  • Nadya Zaychenko
    Nadya Zaychenko 3 месяца назад

    you are the best travel guide ever. And you are a great person.

  • Warren Beetar
    Warren Beetar 3 месяца назад

    So how did you afford to travel for 4 months a year for 30 years, Rick? Are you rich? What about work? Did you work while traveling or are you just luv to have lots of money that you could afford to travel so much? Because, for us here, in South Africa, traveling abroad is very expensive

    • pingvuiini
      pingvuiini 2 месяца назад

      Watch the youtube video 'Rick Steves Presents an Irreverent History of His Tour Program.' It's 90 minutes long but thoroughly enjoyable and fascinating. You will see how he started out as a teenage vagabond traveler living on the cheap and how his business ventures evolved.

    • Dylan Mork
      Dylan Mork 2 месяца назад

      If you want to travel you have to make it a big part of your life and save a lot of your income. People who travel usually work multiple jobs and are really dedicated to the idea of traveling.

  • Edward Abel
    Edward Abel 3 месяца назад

    Correction for the last phrase “Not Just citizens of our own Nation”

  • Edward Abel
    Edward Abel 3 месяца назад

    A phenomenal Ted Talk from Rick Steves with his learnings about societies he has engaged with through his travels through the years...
    The wisdom shared by Rick gives us the opportunity to embrace other cultures, not condemn them or just tolerate them.
    I especially appreciated his comments on Iran & Turkey... We are fundamentally all the same all around the world and WE need to act as World Citizens... Not use citizens of our own nation...

    • Edward Abel
      Edward Abel 3 месяца назад

      Correction: Not Just citizens of our own Nation...

  • Gabriel Traveler
    Gabriel Traveler 3 месяца назад +1

    Amazing talk!

  • Travel Teez
    Travel Teez 3 месяца назад

    Love it! I liked yor video. Perhaps we could subscribe to each other's channel since we both love travel )

  • Evrim Tavacı
    Evrim Tavacı 3 месяца назад +1


  • Mohammad Farra
    Mohammad Farra 3 месяца назад

    Now that's a marvelous experience in the beauty of travel ! Gonna try and do 30 countries next.

  • Mohand Arezki Hamidouche
    Mohand Arezki Hamidouche 4 месяца назад +1

    great video!

  • Vani Maduray
    Vani Maduray 4 месяца назад

    Wow... Legitimate goosebumps. What an eloquent and inspiring man - truly a life changing talk. I'm going to Europe and South America for the first time this year and I'm so excited. All my life I've been a voracious reader and traveling has always been my dream - Mr. Steves has really confirmed everything I've suspected to be true and opened my eyes. Awesome, brilliant talk!

  • gaz riley
    gaz riley 4 месяца назад +1

    i've been everywhere and always meet the locals and go off the beaten track

  • Peter Jowett
    Peter Jowett 4 месяца назад +1

    Damn that was good. I love this man.

  • Gloria Hester
    Gloria Hester 4 месяца назад

    Yeah buddy people run to our country from their country then try to turn our culture into the country's culture that thy ran from ..

  • Ruben Guzman
    Ruben Guzman 4 месяца назад +1

    Traveling is culture! Most of americans think that the world ends at the end of the north or south of their borders

  • Mana Lani
    Mana Lani 4 месяца назад

    amazing talk...thank you

  • Akbal B Choudhury Choudhury
    Akbal B Choudhury Choudhury 4 месяца назад

    I m really appreciate this video

  • Freya
    Freya 4 месяца назад

    only if i had the money lol

  • Anna Anokhina
    Anna Anokhina 4 месяца назад +1

    where to find money for so much travel?

  • funbunontherun
    funbunontherun 4 месяца назад

    This video is such an incredible inspiration. I love traveling more than anything. We’ve started vlogging about it to share what we do wrong! Inspired 100% by people like Anthony Bourdain and Rick Steves.

  • Muhammad Abuzar Ausama
    Muhammad Abuzar Ausama 5 месяцев назад +1


  • Jeffrey Morton
    Jeffrey Morton 5 месяцев назад +1

    As an American who has lived in the Philippines for 17 years, I think generally, American tourists do not want to "experience" other cultures as much as to find validation of what makes their own "better" (or "the best"). Similarly, most Americans think their individual opinion is correct & usually won't consider alternatives. This inevitably leads to the locals wishing they would just go back where they came from as quickly as possible…

  • mikezterspage
    mikezterspage 5 месяцев назад

    So much wisdom in this 20 minute speech, I want more! Rick Steves is definitely one of the most underrated travel hosts on TV.

  • Umar Yusufu
    Umar Yusufu 5 месяцев назад

    I love rick Steves. I love to travel and connect with people. Humans make the most amazing experiences in the world. I thought he was Canadian. He’s so nice! 😍

  • Mal Function
    Mal Function 5 месяцев назад

    I could do a 21 minute talk on the delusion associated with the wisdom gained by travel. Not to be cynical, but walking down a street in Afghanistan or speaking to a local, doesn't open up the world to you. Are there no wise people who haven't traveled?

  • Malik Bilal
    Malik Bilal 5 месяцев назад

    amazing, worth sharing and worth watching video..

  • ChristianiSETTE
    ChristianiSETTE 5 месяцев назад +1

    This message should be taught to all the citizens of the world.
    Truly uplifting and amazing

    TIRTHA ADHIKARY 5 месяцев назад +1

    Speechless, wonderful

  • Stbs Abs
    Stbs Abs 5 месяцев назад

    You have to go at least a few months to a country in order to just start to understand things, just scratch the surface. Better read, think and now and then travel as recreation.

  • Graham Walker
    Graham Walker 5 месяцев назад

    Excellent on the marijuana though.

  • Graham Walker
    Graham Walker 5 месяцев назад

    I like him, but he's wrong about Europe's govt's, they're every bit the corporate stooges as America's.

  • Carina Jahn
    Carina Jahn 6 месяцев назад

    I love traveling! I've been throughout most of Europe many times, Mexico, Honduras, Japan, Hong Kong, and will be visiting S. Korea this fall. Travel does wonders for the soul and I always learn so much from each place I visit. Get out there and travel - broaden your horizons!

  • adi udrea
    adi udrea 6 месяцев назад +1

    Hi Rick, what is the easiest way to travell around the world???

  • Glaucia Arruda
    Glaucia Arruda 6 месяцев назад +1

    Soooo inspiring, many thanks!

  • John Dickman
    John Dickman 6 месяцев назад

    I had the pleasure of meeting Rick in NYC this May 2018. He signed a copy of his Travel as a Political Act book for me. I thanked him for doing an episode in my native country of Romania. He truly has one of the best jobs. He continues to inspire people to travel.

  • Madan Stha
    Madan Stha 6 месяцев назад

    You said you love to ttravell and share the culture and tradition.but that is not complete travel without visiting nepal

  • Gitanito Sevillano
    Gitanito Sevillano 6 месяцев назад

    Thank you Rick for sharing your experiences from traveling. I am from Colombia, ( naturalized American citizen) living In usa for more than 30 years. I travel to Europe, Italy and Spain every year for the last nine years. Your words cannot be more true: One grows as a person while traveling, one becomes more open minded while and because of traveling. How much million and million of people here in USA would learn watching this video? A LOT. Great video .

  • Christopher Nihill
    Christopher Nihill 6 месяцев назад +1

    "Fear is to me, for people who don't get out very much".

  • Andras Szerencses
    Andras Szerencses 6 месяцев назад

    I like Rick Steves' show and his thoughts however nothing is 100%, please.That's obvious we, people are similar and we want the similar basic things, but the main question is how. What is our personal attitude with others and how we deal with them and that is what you will NOT experience through traveling only, try to live with them, I mean make your living in their environment. After that you'll realize their real personality and how hard to adapt and deal with differences, especially when nobody compromised but you. I rather call easy and lazy solution the Scandinavian example then incredible theory or something like that, they're just able to rent an entire bus instead of speak up for morality, that's all. Don't get me wrong, Rick speaks about nice things in general, however it's just not the whole picture for sure.

  • Lisette1019
    Lisette1019 7 месяцев назад +1

    Amazing talk! Thank you.

  • Guanlun Zhao
    Guanlun Zhao 7 месяцев назад


  • fotheringay-smythe
    fotheringay-smythe 7 месяцев назад +1

    is travel causeing global warming?

    • Henry Fester
      Henry Fester 5 месяцев назад +1

      Ya for sure thats why we should stop animal agriculture and move towards using sustainable energy resources.

    • fotheringay-smythe
      fotheringay-smythe 5 месяцев назад

      Henry Fester Benidorm in southern spain consumes 22 trillion litres of water a year,while southern spain is becoming a desert,people fleeing 50 degree tempratures in North A frica,i think we are near the point of no return.

    • Henry Fester
      Henry Fester 5 месяцев назад +1

      Yes they are but animal agriculture produces tonnes of methane and CO2, it also uses huge amounts of water and land. Think of all the land used to grow food crops for animals, large farm equipment used to harvest, transportation vehicles to transport, land used for animals, water used for crops and animals, methane produced by animals, transportation for animal products, animal waste pollution. At the end of the day animal agriculture is responsible for more than half of all greenhouse gas emissions.

    • fotheringay-smythe
      fotheringay-smythe 5 месяцев назад

      Henry Fester Co2 and methane isn't it?

    • Henry Fester
      Henry Fester 5 месяцев назад +1

      No the number one cause of global warming is animal agriculture

  • Ruphus
    Ruphus 7 месяцев назад

    Thank you for spreading such a message! On my one longer travel I made exactly the same experiences and I truly hope that your talk will inspire more people to go on a bigger journey than 2 weeks at a hotel bar... perhaps america will even stop warmongering in a not too distant future.

  • Deb-aVeryHappyGrandma
    Deb-aVeryHappyGrandma 7 месяцев назад

    I thoroughly enjoyed your insightful video.

  • A Diesel Work Lemon
    A Diesel Work Lemon 7 месяцев назад

    I want you to be the president of the United States

    • A Diesel Work Lemon
      A Diesel Work Lemon 7 месяцев назад

      Saying this I would like someone like you to be the president of my own country (Cuba)

  • bd C
    bd C 7 месяцев назад

    When we were 30, my late wife and I quit our jobs and traveled all over the world, back packing. It helped us to continue to grow, just as we had grown as children. Over 40 years later, I continue to grow - today was another class in a foreign language.

  • Tina Mar
    Tina Mar 7 месяцев назад +1

    Actually it’s not true that there is no homelessness in Switzerland...

  • Ryan Castillo
    Ryan Castillo 7 месяцев назад

    compared to other talks and other travelling people, this was good.
    considered, that this talk will reach many people in the States inspiring them to travel and broaden their horizon,
    this talk was amazing!

  • Ali Rehman
    Ali Rehman 7 месяцев назад

    I almost watched every video of this man, amazing personality very modest. May be I love traveling but I wish if I were him.
    Stay Blessed Rick Steves !

  • Fransix Mossang
    Fransix Mossang 8 месяцев назад +1

    I'mma start traveling by October.

  • Mira Batyrkhanova
    Mira Batyrkhanova 8 месяцев назад +1

    He is great! What a great speech!

  • alexsandra zanetti
    alexsandra zanetti 8 месяцев назад +1


  • mike wood
    mike wood 8 месяцев назад

    Rick needs to put out a promotional album by Michael Franks. Maybe all proceeds can go to a charitable cause? I'd buy it.

    ANURAG KANDARI 8 месяцев назад +1

    One of the best TED talks

  • Kevin .Loewke
    Kevin .Loewke 8 месяцев назад +1

    Sanders/Steves 2020

  • YF C
    YF C 8 месяцев назад +1

    Thank you for sharing these very human stories and lessons.

  • mateo ito
    mateo ito 9 месяцев назад

    This guy isnt the right person, raving about el salvador and still calls people from the usa 'americans'...get real

  • Sid Kaskey
    Sid Kaskey 9 месяцев назад

    Folks that suggest traveling automatically instills one quality or another exposes more than a bit of hubris. The world is an interesting stew BUT going abroad does not automatically mean you or anyone else becomes more accepting or more learned. It is a treat for the intellectually curious BUT it is also the a way for the provencial to be entertained. Steves found at a young age he could sell traveling as a commodity and he has done that well. Travel and do it in the method most comfortable for yourself. Don't let a professional travel promoter brow beat you into accepting his own personal way of traveling: there is no right or wrong way to travel.

  • Stephen Powzinger
    Stephen Powzinger 9 месяцев назад

    Sorry but Rick Steves is much more the leftist than I ever imagined. I'm sure you have to set aside your beliefs when you travel to exotic countries and talk to foreigners but you have to come back to whom your are, why Western Civilization is the best in the world. He just has to attack corporations. Stopping this midway.

  • Rencie Woolsey
    Rencie Woolsey 9 месяцев назад

    Rick, you are an inspiration to so many. Loved these behind the scenes personal stories about your travels and your show. I will always be a loyal fan. Keep up the great work --- especially as the world becomes more complex in so many ways.

  • JL
    JL 9 месяцев назад +1

    The 🐐

  • Sarah Flynn
    Sarah Flynn 9 месяцев назад +1

    Aww I love him!!

  • YK
    YK 9 месяцев назад

    omg, wasn't expecting this from a white american. phenomenal speech. absolutely brilliant. an ambassador of the world

  • Terence Chambers
    Terence Chambers 9 месяцев назад

    Clever use of travel to promote liberal ideas and Democrat viting platform.

  • Chris Redshaw
    Chris Redshaw 9 месяцев назад +1


    ALICIA GONZALEZ 9 месяцев назад +1

    extraordinary perfect!!!!!!

  • Shashi Shah
    Shashi Shah 9 месяцев назад +1

    What a out look

  • Raito  Digital
    Raito Digital 9 месяцев назад +1

    When TEDtalk at its best, I can only appreciate wonderful lessons like this.

  • Terry Archer
    Terry Archer 9 месяцев назад

    I really enjoyed this video. A great perspective about the value of travel. My wife and I are travelers who love learning about new cultures. Check out our adventures @pastthepotholes

  • Darryl Klassen
    Darryl Klassen 9 месяцев назад

    Not what I expected from this video, but great. Rick could teach politicians of every country something with this talk, if only they would be willing to actually listen.

  • harlanglass
    harlanglass 10 месяцев назад

    Yay Rick Steves. Thank you. Used your guide in Italy and an audio recording on Ostea Antica, to great effect.

  • Cory
    Cory 10 месяцев назад

    I wish Rick would do some shows about Australia.

  • Sacide Barkcin
    Sacide Barkcin 10 месяцев назад

    Wow that was amazing

  • kindness DUCURAY
    kindness DUCURAY 10 месяцев назад

    Awesome...thank you Sir, you gave me hope about Americans people!!! and open your eyes and mind

  • Alvira Rahman
    Alvira Rahman 10 месяцев назад +1

    Rick made me fall in love with Europe!

  • margoli1
    margoli1 10 месяцев назад +1

    That was superb!

  • Zarih Sundberg
    Zarih Sundberg 10 месяцев назад

    So good!

  • 2Uahoj
    2Uahoj 11 месяцев назад

    His condescending preaching is disturbing enough, but he doesn't even have the courage to relate all the facts. European states bleed their citizens dry paying for the bloated social welfare systems imposed upon them. And whether those systems are of any "quality" is highly debatable. I have lived in Europe for more than 20 years, and if I had a real medical emergency, I would not hesitate to fly back to the US to get it looked at. Understaffed hospitals, underpaid doctors, long wait lines and apathetic if not rude service is the norm throughout much of Europe. As for his comment that Europeans care more about the poor than Americans, I see absolutely no evidence of this in Europe, where homelessness is a growing problem and where average European citizens tend to give significantly less to private charity than their counterparts in the US, because they dismiss it as a state problem.

  • Judy Frieler
    Judy Frieler 11 месяцев назад +1

    This is one of the best Ted Talks I have ever heard!!!

  • Mieu Dien
    Mieu Dien 11 месяцев назад +1

    I thought british has no teeth :)))

  • bill wilenski
    bill wilenski 11 месяцев назад

    PS I do agree with you on more things now I didn’t listen to the whole thing however I also believe the pharmaceutical companies in America are destroying our youth with the Ridellan Adderall we had to find better ways meditation health peace of mind god whatever your God is

  • bill wilenski
    bill wilenski 11 месяцев назад

    I agree with some of the things he says and some of the things are just a little too far out for me I get it but there’s a fine line between handing out needles and smoking pot

  • Collette C. Covington
    Collette C. Covington 11 месяцев назад +1

    Wow! Thank you, Steve!

  • Alex Taylor
    Alex Taylor 11 месяцев назад

    "steveh46 Lots of Europeans travel to the US...current administration's hostility to foreigners and its racism..." *

  • Alex Taylor
    Alex Taylor 11 месяцев назад

    "steveh46What a closed mind you have."

  • Gideon John
    Gideon John 11 месяцев назад

    Great content!

  • cowpoke02
    cowpoke02 11 месяцев назад +1

    great guy .. love the video / haha.

  • huajie666 liu
    huajie666 liu 11 месяцев назад +1

    People always talk the benefits of travelling. But not many people talk about the opposite.

  • Alex Taylor
    Alex Taylor 11 месяцев назад +4

    *I DIDN'T SAY "CULTURAL HOMOGENISATION":* "fensterfred No he is not. He is promoting the idea of understanding through experience, not cultural homogenisation. If you do not understand the difference, then either educate yourself on the difference or stop spouting your nonsense!"

  • Alex Taylor
    Alex Taylor Год назад +1


    • Alex Taylor
      Alex Taylor 11 месяцев назад

      "steveh46What a closed mind you have." *

    • steveh46
      steveh46 11 месяцев назад +1

      What a closed mind you have.

  • Alex Taylor
    Alex Taylor Год назад +2

    3 years ago It would be complete if Europeans visited usa. Actually Americans are the most travel savy people in the world."

    • Alex Taylor
      Alex Taylor 11 месяцев назад

      "steveh46 Lots of Europeans travel to the US...current administration's hostility to foreigners and its racism..." *

    • steveh46
      steveh46 11 месяцев назад

      Lots of Europeans travel to the US. Europeans travel a lot. But, now, with the current administration's hostility to foreigners and its racism, we're doing a lot to discourage tourism from abroad.

  • Alex Taylor
    Alex Taylor Год назад +1